I acquired and digested this book at about the same time I started getting really serious about bicycle advocacy and bicycling as a lifestyle I don t know which, if either, was the cause and which was the effect, but this book is part manifesto, part repair maintenance manual, and all awesome. It s a wonderful handbook on bike repair and cycling training I like this writing about the feeling of cycling you have the complete satisfaction of arriving because your mind has chosen the path and steered you over it your eyes have seen it your muscles have felt it your breathing, circulatory, and digestive systems have all done their natural functions better than ever, and every part of your being knows you have traveled and arrived Excerpt From John Forester Effective Cycling iBooks. Good God, where do I even start with John F n Forester The stuck in the mid 80 s advice on bikes and tech you know, advising us to drill hubs for oil lube like Campy hubs used to be, use brakes made by a company that stopped making brakes in 91, advice to racers to use bar end shifters which, even in the 80 s, they didn t , and no mention of hybrid frames, today s most popular commuter and townie platform The unfair, misleading, uncited, and generally bad generalizations of past studies relying on research that, when cited, is 20 or 30 years past relevance and refutation The sexism The clear vendetta against the League of American Bicyclists it hasn t been the League of American Wheelmen since 1994, Sir and the conspiracymongering, even comparing those he disagrees with to Stalinists The assumptions that there is a natural progression of cyclists, from neophyte to club cyclist to tourer to racer, rather than carfree, transit oriented urban rider who never joins a club, never drafts off a wheel, and rides from necessity, not purely recreation The assumption that governments are trying to force infrastructure on the Silent Minority of True Cyclists, when day after day grassroots organizers and advocacy organizations have to twist arms and beg to get even the most basic improvements made to key routes I honestly have no idea how this passed peer review. Reading an older edition, this was DATED The chapter on love courting was particularly charming.Content wise, I appreciated most of the author s opinions about biking with traffic, but I think we re past the point of being militantly anti bike lane Tis the world we live in His assumption is that ALL cyclists SHOULD aspire to be just like him a full time, cycling lifer He s not living in the world of casual part time commuters and errand running bikers who don t train or think particularly deeply about bikes At all You can say they SHOULD all you want, but they don t, so the zero sum approach to infrastructure seems a little pipe dreamish. The Core Of John Forester S Concept Of Effective Cycling Is Thatbicyclists Fare Best When They Act, And Are Treated In Return, As Drivers Ofvehicles, With The Same Rights And Responsibilities That Motorists HaveIn This Newedition Of His Classic Introductory Work, Forester Reasserts This Idea In Terms Ofpractice And Education As Well As Theory While Also Addressing Among Much Else Thetwo Major Forces That Have Shaped Bicycling Since The Early S The Proliferationof High Quality Equipment And The Seriously Insufficient Progress On The Social, Political, And Psychological FrontsThe Book Is Filled With Details, Strategies, Andtips That Will Be Useful Both To Occasional Cyclists And To Those Who Enjoy Cyclingas A Way Of Life All Drawn From The Author S Many Years Of Experience As A Cyclist, A Cycling Transportation Engineer, And The Founder Of The Effective CyclingProgram This 1993 book is the 6th edn Forester has been info all aspects of cycling for decades as had his parents, uncle, and grandparents before The result of all that inter generational cycling experience is a gigantic compendium of info on cycling bikes maintenance safety cycling in traffic, rain, winter, dark clubs racing, politics and cycling activism Intended for novice through fairly expert cyclists the maintenance stuff is way beyond basics I read about half of the book, focusing on info for novices. Full of useful information on riding how to ride straight, how to move smoothly with traffic, how to care for and fix your bike Also some description of various ways to ride, from touring to racing to commuting, that is interesting and gives some ideas of how you might want to take your cycling habit forward Took me a long time to get through, but this was a book I was glad to reread. Niche textbook, with lots of information for those planning on riding their bikes with any sort of seriousness Long, but as the author suggests, you can skip around quite a lot to read the bits that interest you while avoiding the rest This is the sort of book that would make a good reference for the serious bike rider. This is a reference manual deep study of the sport of cycling If you are serious about your bicycle and want to ride a lot, and ride well, this book is a must It s going to sit on the reference shelf until my legs are too old or broken to pedal Awesome book. Muy til, este libro contiene todo lo que un ciclista medianamente competente debe saber mec nica, biciactivismo y relaciones entre la literatura y el ciclismo Ser a mejor si se actualizara la edici n.
John Forester is an American industrial engineer and a noted cycling activist known as the father of vehicular cycling and for coining the term Effective Cycling.Early lifeBorn in East Dulwich, London, England, Forester is the elder son of the writer and novelist C S Forester and his wife Kathleen He moved with his family to Berkeley, California, in March 1940 and attended public schools ther
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